Meet with Speakers of Women's Forum Canada!


Zahra Al-Harazi

UNICEF Canada Ambassador and entrepreneur, Zahra Al-Harazi uses her voice to advocate for women and children in conflict zones. Among other entrepreneurial ventures, she is Founder and Creative Director of the design studio Foundry Communications, and works as a consultant with the Royal Bank of Canada, notably helping to shape their corporate citizenship youth strategy.


Arancha Gonzalez

Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, Arancha Gonzalez has extensive experience in international trade and economics, coupled with broad knowledge in trade and development matters in the public and private sectors. Before joining the International Trade Centre, she served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy and representative to the G20.


Augusto Lopez-Claros

Senior Fellow at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Augusto Lopez-Claros is a world-renowned economist. He served notably in the financial sector in London, with a special focus on emerging markets, before joining the World Bank from 2011 to 2017 as Director of the Global Indicators Group, the unit leading the Bank's research and analytical work.


Helene Von Reis

President & CEO of IKEA Japan since 2016, Helene Von Reis joined the IKEA group in 1998, and served notably as Information Manager, Managing Director at IKEA Communications and Deputy Retail Manager of IKEA Group USA. She has received the Forbes Japan Women Award recognising women entrepreneurs and companies working to promote a gender-equal work environment.


Carolyn Wilkins

Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada since May 2014, Carolyn A. Wilkins oversees the Bank's strategic planning and economic and financial research and shares responsibility for the conduct of monetary policy as a member of the Bank's Governing Council. She is also a member of the Bank's board of directors.